Sedation dentistry is available to facilitate dental treatment to fearful and anxious patients or those who are unable to cooperate due to lack of psychological or emotional maturity and/or mental, physical or medical disability. It can range from using nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) to general anesthesia.
Nitrous oxide (“Laughing Gas”)
Nitrous oxide has a calming effect that allows anxious or phobic and/or gaggy patients to relax during dental treatment. It is a mild sedation, administered though a small, scented mask, where patients are still conscious and can talk. The effects of nitrous oxide do not linger, and it rarely has any side effects. You can discuss the benefits of this mild sedation with our doctors.
IV sedation provides a way for completing all of a child’s dental needs while he or she is comfortable, pain-free and asleep. This type of sedation is utilized in our office with an experienced and qualified dental anesthesiologist, Dr. Boorin, who uses medications and monitors equal to those currently used in hospitals. Children are awoken soon after the dental treatment is completed and free from any memory of the dental treatment, the IV and our monitors. You can discuss this type of sedation with our doctors.